October 17, 2014 |
Howie Roseman took a seat on the set of his radio show at Chickie's & Pete's in South Philadelphia on Monday afternoon with noticeable euphoria among fans in attendance and callers who wanted to chat with the Eagles' general manager. Roseman was hit with requests for autographs and photographs. He discussed some of the key acquisitions during the offseason. One caller praised his role in hiring Chip Kelly. Roseman, who is the only NFL general manager with a radio show, has sat in that chair during less friendly times.
October 7, 2014 |
Just before Bennie Logan lamented the Eagles' lack of killer instinct Sunday, before he conjured the image of a mixed-martial artist too forgiving and passive to endure the Octagon, general manager Howie Roseman sidled up to Logan's locker and jabbed his right hand toward him for a perky little fist pound. "All right, Ben," Roseman said as Logan, the team's 6-foot-2, 315-pound nose tackle, returned the gesture with more deliberation and less enthusiasm. Roseman kept moving around the room, and Logan continued speaking about a 34-28 Eagles victory over the St. Louis Rams that never should have been that close, about a defense that dominated the game's first three quarters, then damn-near disintegrated in the fourth.
September 30, 2014
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - In a span of 21 months, since the firing of Andy Reid and the final ascension of Howie Roseman, the Eagles have constructed as complete a football team as has been seen in Philadelphia in a decade. Oh, it has its flaws. The defense surrenders yards and points like the French. Chip Kelly's Machine Gun offense continually sputters, especially in the early stages of games, even before the offensive-line collapsed. Still, overall, the team has gotten production from everywhere.
September 16, 2014 |
It's difficult to imagine Cody Parkey as an Eagle if it weren't for the relationship between Howie Roseman and Ryan Grigson. Former Eagles colleagues and frequent trade partners, the two general managers on Aug. 20 had just placed rookies on waivers who would have filled holes on each other's teams. The Eagles needed a kicker, and the Colts had just cut Parkey. The Colts needed a running back, and the Eagles had just released David Fluellen. Realizing the mutual interest, Roseman and Grigson worked out a straight-up deal before Parkey and Fluellen officially went on waivers.
September 13, 2014 |
Cody Parkey lost his job. It was Aug. 20, and the Indianapolis Colts decided to waive him. Then the kicker received a call from Colts general manager Ryan Grigson telling him that he had been traded to Philadelphia. The Eagles surrendered running back David Fluellen, whom they planned to waive. It was a swap of two unwanted players. If the Eagles hadn't traded for Parkey and tried claiming him off waivers, the kicker would have been up for grabs to the 21 teams ahead of them on the waiver wire.
September 10, 2014 |
LESEAN McCOY said last night on his 94WIP radio show that he "wished I'd taken that run a different way," and not been tackled onto the back of Evan Mathis' left knee, spraining Mathis' MCL. Mathis' Pro Bowl blocking skills played a role in McCoy winning the NFL rushing title last season, with a franchise-record 1,607 yards. The Eagles, you might have heard a few times by now, were blessed to be able to start the same five offensive linemen in every 2013 game. That became unlikely for 2014 when news of Lane Johnson's banned-substance suspension broke in late June.
September 8, 2014 |
Howie Roseman sat on his couch at an off-campus rental in Gainesville, Fla., on April 22, 1995 with stacks of handwritten notes scattered in front of him and the NFL draft on television. He was a 19-year-old at the University of Florida who dreamed of becoming an NFL general manager. Roseman assembled a draft board and identified areas of needs and potential prospects for each team. When the New York Jets selected Penn State tight end Kyle Brady with the No. 9 overall pick, Roseman threw his papers.
September 6, 2014 |
As fair as it is to critique the disproportionate number of former Oregon players on the Eagles roster, the greater issue isn't a question of "Why?" but "How?" How did so many ex-Ducks - five on the 53-man roster, two on the practice squad - end up in Philadelphia? The obvious answer, of course, is Chip Kelly. But the follow-up is a much trickier question to answer: How did Kelly seemingly gain so much authority over player acquisition when the division of personnel power was billed as a 50-50 split between the new coach and general manager Howie Roseman?
September 2, 2014 |
Travis Long's No. 57 jersey was not going to be displayed in Philadelphia sporting goods stores this season, but there was considerable optimism about the linebacker in the team's headquarters this summer. So when it was learned that Long tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in the final preseason game, it left the Eagles without a player who was expected to be a valuable reserve. It also made two backup linebackers even more noteworthy: inside linebacker Casey Matthews, who continues to survive, and first-round pick Marcus Smith, whose development requires patience.
September 1, 2014 |
Cody Parkey's 54-yard field goal last Thursday was a hint that a change could come at kicker for the Eagles. When Parkey followed with a 53-yard field goal one quarter later, it seemed all but inevitable that Parkey would supplant Alex Henery. Coach Chip Kelly would not say it after the game, but the Eagles saw enough from Parkey to convince them that the rookie should open the season as the team's kicker. The Eagles cut Henery on Saturday, one of the 22 transactions the team made to trim the roster to the league-mandated 53 players.